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DAWSON SHINES BRIGHT WITH "DARK"
1/22/18
Devin Dawson's album-release show at L.A.'s Hotel Cafe on Thursday night (1/18) proved to be quite the treat. Just ask HITS' own Todd Hensley, who would give the Warner Music Nashville set, Dark Horse, five stars if only he could count that high. The event—produced by Boots on Stage—drew an industry-heavy crowd, with music and TV execs, as well as tastemakers and Country 105 contest winners, out in force.FYI: Dawson's song, "All on Me," which has racked up 44m+ Spotify streams, is currently approaching the Country airplay Top 10.
LANCO’S MULTI-YEAR,
OVERNIGHT SUCCESS STORY
1/22/18
LANCO’s Jay Joyce-produced full-length, Hallelujah Nights (Arista Nashville), dropped on Friday, 1/19. And lead single “Greatest Love Story” is already platinum. Just before announcing their 2018 tour dates with Dierks Bentley, we threw the band a few questions. By the end, we’re sure they wanted to throw some things at us too....Read More
SMITH WANTS YOU TO GET "HIGH"
1/18/18
In case you missed it, Monument's Caitlyn Smith made her TV debut on Fallon earlier this week (1/16). Starting out as a songwriter, Smith has co-penned tunes for the likes of Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum and James Bay, as well as Meghan Trainor and John Legend (the four-times platinum "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"). With this performance of original song "Contact High," however, she proves she belongs on a stage. Showcasing wicked charm and energy, along with soaring vocals and a killer pair of sequined bell bottoms, she surely captivates. Check it out below.In celebration of debut album Starfire—out tomorrow 1/19—she'll also appear on CBS This Morning on release day, while a Today gig is scheduled for 1/22.
CAM SIGNS WITH WME
1/18/18
WME has announced they've inked a deal with Arista Nashville artist Cam for exclusive worldwide representation. The agency will now be representing her in film, television, books, music and endorsements. The prolific singer/songwriter—managed by Lindsay Marias at Grit & Magic Entertainment—gained notoriety with her platinum hit, "Burning House," which went on to nab Grammy, ACM, CMA, CMT and AMA nominations. More recently, Cam released single "Diane," and is expected to drop her sophomore album later this year.By the way, HITS President Todd Hensley took a similar photo the other day, except his gaze was directed at a piece of bacon.
NEW LIFE AT ACM
1/18/18
The Academy of Country Music family is expanding. From left to right, the new hires include Bridget Cirone (the new Assistant of Creative & Content and Marketing departments), Lanni Gagnon (Events Coordinator), Jen Heaton (Strategic Partnerships Senior Manager) and Carrie Tekautz (Awards & Membership Coordinator). All positions are based out the Academy's headquarters in Encino, CA.
TYMINSKI SAYS GOOD MORNING
1/17/18
Mercury Nashville's Tyminski made his morning television debut 1/16 on ABC's Good Morning America with a performance of two songs off his critically acclaimed debut solo album Southern Gothic with "Wanted" and "Temporary Love." You can check out the performances here.Just on the heels of Southern Gothic's release, which was produced with Jesse Frasure, the 14-time Grammy winner is currently on tour in support of the album, you can find tickets here.
"USE" WITH DISCRETION
1/16/18
Maren Morris is celebrating another #1 at Country radio with "I Could Use a Love Song" (Columbia Nashville), which occasioned this remembrance from her publisher, Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner Carla Wallace: I took a picture of Maren standing on the Santa Monica pier after writing "My Church," the wind was blowing her hair and she was standing on a star carved into the pier. Such a long journey from that picture to today but I'd say she's standing right where she should be, at number one. Congrats from all of us at Big Yellow Dog Music. Wallace then expressed the fervent hope that we wouldn't get our grubby mitts on the above photo.
ICYMI: LANCO'S ELLEN DEBUT
1/16/18
Arista Nashville's LANCO made their Ellen Show debut this morning, performing their platinum two-week #1, "Greatest Love Story." Watch it below. With the group's debut album Hallelujah Nights dropping 1/19, the band will also be performing on The Bachelor (1/22), Today (1/25) and Kimmel (1/25). That said, we doubt they'll be saying "Hallelujah" when they remember the HITS offices are right next to Kimmel.
D'HILLY MAKES A DILLY OF A DEAL WITH MONUMENT
1/16/18
Sony Music imprint, Jason Owen and Shane McAnally's Monument Records, recently added Sarah D'Hilly as Associate Director of Digital Strategy to their roster. The label continues to grow as flagship artists Caitlyn Smith and Walker Hayes gain momentum. Having officially joined the label in late 2017, D'Hilly will oversee all digital marketing initiatives and partner relationships with DSPs and social platforms. She'll report directly to Monument's SVP Marketing & Label Operations, Katie McCartney. As part of her deal, if she exceeds certain benchmarks in her first 18 months, D'Hilly will be permitted an additional apostrophe.
RISER HOUSE & COLUMBIA GET A TENPENNY RAISE
1/10/18
In its first signing, the joint venture between Sony Music Nashville and Riser House brings on singer/songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny to Riser House/Columbia Records. A Nashville native and grandson of former CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the esteemed Donna Hilley, Tenpenny's been a lifelong devotee to music. He's already had success as a songwriter, having written a Top 5 hit for Granger Smith ("If the Boot Fits"), and as a performer, opening for a a range of influential acts that include Jake Owen, Brett Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch and Jon Langston, among others. Tenpenny is the flagship artist for Riser House, which is a full-service label, artist management and music publishing company. His EP, Linden Ave, is available now and you can keep up with what's next for him here. We'd like to point out that ten pennies is also the average salary for a HITS employee.Seen in the photo above are (L-R, front) Sony Music Nashville SVP Legal & Business Affairs Angie Magill and Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman, MitchellTenpenny, Riser House Records President Jennifer Johnson and GM Stephanie Hudacek, and (L-R back) manager Kristen Ashley, Sony Music Nashville SVP A&R Jim Catino, COO/EVP Ken Robold, EVP Promotion/Artist Development Steve Hodges, EVP Marketing/New Business John Zarling, Tenpenny’s marketing lead Jennifer Way, and Columbia Nashville SVP Promotion Shane Allen.
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